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As I corrected below , the $40.00 coupon is to go towards the purchase of a converter box. Here is a site that sells the converter box for $40.00 with free shipping.


If it is bogus , please leave me a message right away ! soulight















This information is from Consumers Union , a branch of Consumers Reports I have put the whole message here because it is very important for all of us what is "behind the news" . Please know that all the credit goes to Consumers Union for this message . You can find out more on their great site here :







Congress votes tomorrow!

Tell your U.S. Representative to delay the digital TV transition until June 12 and fund the coupon program that will help millions of Americans make the transition.

Send a quick message NOW!

Dear Friend of Consumers Union,

In this economy, the last thing we need is to pay for something that has always been free -- our TV channels.

That’s exactly what’s happening with the ‘digital TV transition.’ Congress will vote TOMORROW on a bill to delay the transition so millions of Americans won’t be forced to pay for TV they once got for free.

Delay the TV transition: Don't leave Americans in the dark!

No doubt you’ve heard and seen a lot about the digital TV transition, slated for Feb. 17. What you may not know, the government has auctioned off the public-owned airwaves that TV broadcasters currently use and will pocket about $19 billion from the sale!

Meanwhile, millions of Americans have to pay out of their own pocket to reconnect their TVs before the old signal goes dark. We know the government is hurting, but it shouldn’t finance the transition on the backs of the elderly and poor who rely on free TV to stay in touch with the world.

The government offered a "coupon" program to help people cover the $50 to $80 cost of a converter box to get the new digital signal.  But the government ran out of coupons, and millions are on a waiting list.

Those who applied early got coupons before affordable converter boxes were even on the market, and then their coupon expired. More than 13 million people now hold expired coupons and have been told the expiration date can't be extended.

Tell Congress right now to delay the transition so no one has to pay for free TV.

We're asking Congress to do the digital TV transition right! Delay it until June 12 and fund the coupon program so that millions of Americans especially the elderly and poor can stay connected to emergency alerts, news and information.


Joel Kelsey
A project of Consumers Union
1101 17th Street NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036

1. tellthetruth posted 28 hours ago

The converter box is not free . The coupon is for a discount on the box.

The coupon is worth $40 off the purchase price of the box. Most places are selling the Box for $59.99, after using the $40 off coupon your cost is $19.99 plus tax. Those people that are saying the box is free should stop saying so, this is false advertising.












Get your coupon(s) now for a(NOT FREE BUT REDUCED FEE )


 converter box for your tv.





  Thank you , Elaine of TSA , for the heads up on this one.



 It is never too early to be prepared. I would get your application in so that you get your coupons in plenty of time and avoid a rush at the last minute.




Now is the time to get your free coupons. They are worth $40.00 each and will be for obtaining up to 2 free converter boxes for your tv. Read on for more information :


After February 17, 2009, you will be able to receive and view over-the-air digital programming with an analog TV only by purchasing a digital-to-analog set-top converter box.




 Between January 1, 2008, and March 31, 2009, all U.S. households will be able to request up to two coupons, worth $40 each, to be used toward the future purchase of eligible digital-to-analog converter boxes.





 Eligible converter boxes are for the conversion of over-the-air digital television signals, and therefore are not intended for analog TVs connected to a paid provider such as cable or satellite TV service.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is administering the coupon program.


For more information, visit the NTIA website at



The Commission’s DTV website,, also provides information for consumers on the upcoming digital-to-analog converter box coupon program.





 More detailed information regarding NTIA’s coupon program, what digital-to-analog converter boxes will be eligible, where and when they may be purchased, and the related costs involved will be provided by the Commission and NTIA as the commencement of the coupon program on January 1, 2008, approaches.


For low-income homes , here is a form and information about where to send in for your free converter coupons :    




UPDATE , courtesy of the generous information supplied by Elaine of TSA !  THANK YOU ELAINE ! YOU ROCK , AS USUAL !


Many people responded to last week's email with comments and questions about the digital television (DTV) transition.

We also got some great coverage in the press to help raise the profile of this issue. (You can find those articles at In response to our report release, FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein said that there is now a proposal in place to create an interagency task force that will try to spread the information about this transition.

As some of you noted, the issue is confusing. We want to make sure that everyone has the correct information, so please forward this to your friends, family or anyone else who might find it helpful.

Here's a quick list of frequently asked questions (and our answers) that I put together after reading your e-mail messages:

What's the deal with the coupons?

Coupons expire 90 days after they are mailed and can only be used on eligible models (basic converters) at eligible retailers. Currently Best Buy, Radio Shack, Circuit City and Wal-Mart are selling eligible converter boxes. You may want to call to check that local stores have adequate stocks of converters before you order your coupons. You can apply for coupons until March 31, 2009 or until supplies run out. You can locate retailers near you here:

Do I need to worry if I already use cable or satellite?

If your TV is connected to cable, satellite or other pay TV service, you won't need a TV converter box from this program. You should, however, check with your provider on their plans, as some providers may move some or all of their programming to a digital tier (which could cost you more money in monthly fees).

How does this affect me if I live in a rural area or a place with poor reception?

Translator and low-power television stations are not required to go all-digital after February 17, 2009. Viewers of these broadcast stations should contact their station for details. As these stations go digital, consumers will need to take action to continue to receive their free TV with an antenna and may want to consider applying for TV converter box coupons.

Will I need to buy a new antenna?

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says that anyone owning an antenna that is capable of receiving analog signals should be able to use that same antenna to receive digital signals. So you should probably try to use your old antenna before buying a new one. However, some stations will be moving to a different channel in a different frequency band that may require a different antenna type from the one you may now have. For example, some channels in the "VHF band" (Channels 2-13) may be moving to the "UHF band" (Channels 14-51) and vice versa. Here's a tool we found that will help you figure out what type of antenna you need:

What if I want more information?

If you have more questions, check out or call 1-888-DTV-2009.

P.S.  Thanks again for your support.  Please feel free to share this e-mail with your family and friends.



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woman in a shoe   in reply to moorelgirl
I am sorry but the person u posted to not been on here in years now. And I don't know anything about a converter box coupon the last I heard they had stop given out the coupon
Talk to woman in a shoe
I have to get movies fro the library to look at anything. I'm trying to get a coupon to get a converter box, but I can not get on the suit... HELP
Talk to moorelgirl

I am bumping this up so that people can see the newest information about converter boxes and how to get one for your TV.


Talk to soulight
 in response to bucho29...   

As stated on top of this page, the converter is NOT FREE . It was my mistake in saying so ,and when I found out that the coupon is for a DISCOUNT ONLY on the box I put the new info. at the top of this page. I hope you are able to use the links on this page to get your DISCOUNT COUPON.

I am truly sorry about the confusion and misrepresentation of this program.


Talk to soulight

I would like to receive the coupon for the free converter box. How do I get it?

my email address is

Talk to bucho29

Bumping up so that this new important information shows at the top of my blog page :) Please read . This is about the converter box for tvs.

Talk to soulight